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Beneath The Rafters

April 10, 2011

Dramatic Touches In Unique Spaces

Our first house remains my favorite. The ones that followed may have been bigger or fancier, but no other house spoke to me like that first one did.

We were in our twenties and had a five-month-old baby. Moving day was less than two months before Christmas, and we did all the moving ourselves – with the help of a couple of friends. We took it in stride. I guess we didn’t know any better back then.

It was a charming but small Cape Cod. It had two cozy, little rooms beneath the rafters – slanting walls and all. Have you ever tried to decorate one of those rooms? Even with all the charm, it can be challenging. They’re often left unfinished or used for storage, but they make wonderful bedrooms for children, guests, or they can even serve as masters. Did I mention that it was a SMALL house? We needed the space.

Those rooms were oozing with character, but the task of decorating them had me scratching my head for a bit. Where do you place the bed? How do you work with that slanting ceiling? Must you place the  bed in front of a window or should you never place anything in front of a window?

I hope some of the following rooms offer inspiration, and answer a few questions for those of you who have one of those enchanting rooms beneath the rafters. They can be very special places. Click those links to get more information on each room.


Dramatic Bed Frames


Loft Guest Room~

Sloping Roofs and Shady Spaces


Serene Palettes


Rustic Escape


Red and Green


Old Is New Again


Heirloom Opulence


Floral Inspired


Poka Dots~

Hideaway Bed


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